This post offers learners 12 examples of collaborative tasks that are in the B2 FIRST. This is the 3rd task in the speaking exam (HERE) that learners must carry our and also in the Trinity ISE III (HERE)In this part of the exam the two candidates are to speak together about a situation. They should discuss the situation and take into account all of the 5 options providen. In the end they need to come to a conclusion (agree or disagree HERE).

The interlocutor will describe the task for 2-3 minutes. The examiners are not involved in the task and the candidates are to interact independently until the examiner says “thank you”.


Example activities (available in PDF):


If you have to support a family, how might it be difficult to find time to do these things?

  • Learn a foreign language
  • Get enough exercise
  • Go on a weekly date with your partner
  • Travel the world
  • Go shopping


What benefits might local residents get from these developments in the neighbourhood?

  • A sports centre
  • CCTV cameras
  • Youth groups
  • Optical Fiber Internet
  • A modern shopping centre


Which means of transport should be encouraged the most to better our world?

  • Electric cars
  • Cycling
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Car pooling (sharing)


Which of these professions offers the greatest opportunity to achieve self-fulfilment?

  • Doctor
  • Civil Servant
  • Fire Fighter
  • Inventor
  • Teacher


Which types of activities could become the most popular in the coming years?

  • Extreme sports (Base Jumping)
  • Language Learning
  • Rock climbing
  • Triathlons
  • Learning to play a musical instrument


Which potential dangers should people living in cities be aware of?

  • Pollutions
  • Petty Crime
  • Over crowding
  • Unemployment
  • Car accidents


Why might teenagers develop an interest in these fields?

  • Fashion
  • Celebrity gossip
  • Football
  • Travel
  • ICT (computing)


How difficult could it be to be a successful student in these areas?

  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Language studies
  • Sports science


How can shopping online be a risk?

  • Identity theft
  • Prices
  • Size of products
  • Quality of products
  • Ability to get refunds


How might a fondness of travelling cause conflicts in these areas of life?

  • Work
  • Educations
  • Family and friends
  • Other leisure activities
  • Personal finances


In which situations is it important to count on true friends?

  • During a break-up of a relationship
  • When unemployed
  • The death of a relative
  • For entertainment
  • When you need advice


How could these events improve your quality of life?

  • Getting a promotion at work
  • Having a child
  • Receiving an inheritance
  • Going abroad on holiday
  • Getting a university degree



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